Butchers and delicatessens are becoming more and more expensive in the Czech Republic. The price hike was caused by the war in Ukraine or the iROZHLAS bird flu

Meat is becoming more and more expensive on the shelves of Czech stores. Many butchers have started to revalue the goods over the past week. Customers will pay dozens of crowns extra for a kilo of pork. But people also have to count on a higher price for poultry or beef. The reason for this is expensive energy, feed and fuel, which is reflected in prices.




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Customers sometimes pay dozens of crowns extra for the meat. | Photo: René Volfik Source: iROZHLAS.cz

Rising meat prices are also confirmed by retailers. “Prices have jumped. Because we have foreign meat, it takes up to two hundred crowns a kilo. We are talking about steak meats, meats from North America, South America, Australia. , of course, given by the price of transport,” says a butcher from a butcher shop in Prague 2.

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They did not change the price last week, but from Monday they had to gradually rewrite the labels on the goods and made most products more expensive. And not just beef steaks, but also other types of meat.

“Chicken prices also changed a lot during the fortnight. During the fourteen days they became twice as expensive for us, and so the meat there jumped by some 6 to 8 crowns per kilo per whole chicken,” concludes the seller.

And it is the same in several other butcher shops in the center of Prague that we visited. The prices people were used to until recently are a thing of the past.

“The price increase is mainly for chicken, pork and beef, and therefore all deli products are increasing,” confirms the staff directly.

Even for customers, there is a significant price increase, which he acknowledges. “Well, about ten crowns now, because it didn’t work out at first. Everyone held the awards, but now that it’s not possible, they just have to do it. So it’s even 10 to 12 crowns per kilo”, explains the saleswoman.

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We come to another sausage shop, which is part of the retail chain. The same scenario applies here. Meat, salami, ham and sausages have become more expensive. “All sausages have become more expensive by around 10 to 20 crowns per kilo on average,” says one of the sellers.


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And customers notice it. “Some of them, when the price comes out after that, they look at what he bought. The same and it has to be a little more expensive.”

Sellers sometimes had to overprice dozens of products. “A week is pork, so there is a need, I don’t know 10, 15 items. Now it was in sausage and it needed some 50, 60 pieces, ”says the saleswoman.

Radiožurnál also asked representatives of all major retail chains operating in the Czech Republic about price developments. But none of them wanted to comment on the prices. At the same time, meat producers point out that the price increase is not over yet – this is also predicted by the Chairman of the Board of the Czech Association of Meat Processors, Karel Pilčík.

“We expect Easter and after Easter to reflect the costs that have increased for us. If the leg has increased by 80% in seven to eight weeks, then logically when 95% has meat, the increase will be there more important. And such necks, chops for 79.90 crowns, so I dare say he won’t be here for a while. It moved more than 100 crowns today, ”Pilčík continues.

Avian flu and war

Meat processors follow the prices quoted by the German Commodity Exchange. This is where the price of pork had risen by tens of percent since the start of the year. Another increase then came shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


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Rising prices for fuel, energy and compound feed also make meat and therefore sausages more expensive. The problem also comes from transport.

“It just came to our knowledge at that time. Some weeks we don’t even ask how much it will take us, but who will bring it. Here, because the war broke out, there are thousands of trucks in Poland who are parked because they don’t have drivers, because those drivers went to fight,” adds Pilčík.

Rising poultry prices are also affected by bird flu, which prevents farmers from hatching turkeys or geese. According to the Veterinary Administration alone, nine outbreaks have been detected in the Czech Republic alone this year.

Zuzana Švejdova, zuj

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